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Djokovic Takes A Tumble, But Stays On Course At Wimbledon

Wimbledon, England

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic won the 2011 Wimbledon title and finished runner-up last year.

Novak Djokovic took a tumble midway through the third set on Friday, but continued to reach the fourth round of The Championships.

The Centre Court crowd gasped when Djokovic slipped and landed on his left shoulder at 30/30, when Gilles Simon was serving at 2-3 in the third set.

Although the top seed and 2011 champion required four minutes of treatment, he managed to regain his composure to beat Simon 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 12 minutes.

"It was a sharp pain when I fell, an awkward fall," Djokovic told BBC television. "I was just hoping there is nothing going on with the joint, luckily there is no damage and I could play.

"The muscle was quite sore with the impact but I am just glad to get through. Now there are two days off and I am going to try and recover.

"I played well though I dropped a couple of service games. It could have gone either way in the third but in the important moments I came up with the right selection of shots."

The 27-year-old Djokovic, who is attempting to capture his seventh Grand Slam championship, hit 31 winners including seven aces against Simon, who is currently No. 44 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

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Djokovic will next challenge No. 14 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday. Djokovic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 12-5 and has won both of their grass-court clashes – in the 2010 Wimbledon semi-finals and the London 2012 Olympics quarter-finals.

Tsonga"It's obvious as the tournament progresses you are going to face some higher ranked players - like Tsonga - who has been a regular in the second week," said Djokovic. "He's a great grass-court player, he loves the energy of the big stadium and it is going to be a big challenge for both of us."

Tsonga blasted past No. 147-ranked Jimmy Wang 6-2, 6-2, 7-5, striking 53 winners – including 15 aces. The 29-year-old Frenchman is through to the fourth round for the fifth time.

When asked about his form over the past five days, Tsonga admitted, "I'm very happy. I played three good matches. I'm looking forward to this match against Novak.

"I think I need to play against those players… I know I'm in good form, I'm playing well and I want to give my best on the court."

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